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Online Palliative Care certificate   

This Palliative Care Certific​ate can help you become a key contributor to improved quality of life and outcomes for patients and families by enhancing your knowledge of concepts and evidence-based interventions for complex symptom management.

This certificate from the University of Colorado College of Nursing will create opportunities for career advancement, regardless of your practice setting – hospital or ambulatory, rural or urban.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is an approach which improves quality of life for patients and their families facing (chronic and/or) life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification, impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems: physical, psychosocial and spiritual (adapted, World Health Organization, 2006).

Growing Need

The nurses’ role in chronic illness and end-of-life care is well-established and will continue to expand in the context of national endeavors to reform the U.S. healthcare system as well as the general need for more health care providers with expertise and certification in this specialty. ​

What Makes This Palliative Care Program Unique

This online Palliative Care Certificate provides you with a strong foundation of current palliative care models and practices, while integrating theories of caring and change.

You'll walk away with the skills to develop a change process within your institution, which will enhance and sustain higher-level palliative care (essentially creating Palliative Care champions).

You will utilize evidence-based palliative care practices while incorporating ethical and moral considerations into the course work. And you will learn complex symptom management including physical/pain, psychosocial and spiritual interventions.

The program will allow you to discuss with peers and professors to broaden approaches to model implementation:

  • palliative care assessment
  • concepts
  • planning in the context of patient scenarios



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